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Council Elections: still murky

There is no reason to object to Deans as College Representatives on University Council. In fact, Council Bylaws, and the Act, are written to allow Deans to be a College Representative when there are no nominations under the appropriate section. There is, however, every reason to object to an impromptu reinterpretation of the Bylaws of […]

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Your Council: It’s not over yet

On Monday the University Governance Office sent an email to faculty members, specifying that, “Upon recommendation of the Governance Committee of Council, in light of interpretations of The University of Saskatchewan Act, 1995, and University Council Bylaws (2022) that occurred after the original call for nominations was open, nominations for University Council will remain open until March […]

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USFA Members, Take Back Your Council!

This week we heard some disturbing news from USFA members who had chosen to run for University Council as college representatives. Questions are being asked as to whether there is an attempt to manipulate council elections.  There are 28 college representative position vacancies (two for each of the 14 colleges), as defined under article 53(2) […]

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Be the voice of experience and change

The University Secretary recently emailed an invitation for nominations to replace 46 faculty members of University Council whose terms expire on June 30, 2023.  Deadline for nominations is February 24th at 4:30 p.m. If you wish to nominate yourself or have been nominated by a colleague, you can go to the following link to fill out […]

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MUNFA reaches tentative agreement

MUNFA and Memorial University reached a tentative agreement late Friday. The deal was reached on the same day as representatives from faculty associations across Canada joined striking MUNFA members on the picket lines and participated in a rally on the steps of the arts and administration building on campus in St. John’s.  Faculty had been on strike […]

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CBUFA ratifies contract offer

CBUFA ratified an agreement with the employer yesterday. Faculty had been on strike since January 27 to support demands for salaries that better keep pace with inflation, respect for the collective agreement, and to maintain the quality of education at the university. The financial terms of the contract include base wage increases of 3.25%, 2.9%, and 2.75% […]

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CBUFA and MUNFA on Strike

On January 18, with participation from 93% of the membership, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador Faculty Association members voted 90% in favour of authorizing strike action. A tentative agreement was not reached by the strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. January 30, 2023, resulting in the union taking job action in the form of a […]

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Assignment of Duties: Annual meeting and guidelines

This is the time of year when processes for the assignment of duties are beginning. Provisions for the assignment of duties are covered in Article 11 of the Collective Agreement. The processes in the Agreement are there to ensure that workloads are fair and equitable.  Department Heads, or Deans in non-departmentalized Colleges, “following consultation and discussion with […]

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Call for Nominations for CAUT Executive and Standing Committees

CAUT Executive Committee: Nominations are being sought for the following positions on the CAUT Executive Committee:         President         Vice-President         Chair of the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee         Chair of the Contract Academic Staff Committee         Co-Chair of the Equity Committee          Representative-at-large (Quebec)         Representative-at-large (Aboriginal)         Representative-at-large (Francophone)         Two Representatives-at-large (General) Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2023. Elections by […]

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